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King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents through strategic planning, negotiation, and implementation of benefit programs. Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations is here to help you with your medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning.


At-home COVID-19 tests now covered by your medical plan

Federal guidelines now require all health plans to pay for FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 tests purchased on or after Jan. 15, 2022.

If you’re covered by a King County employee medical plan, up to eight at-home tests per person are covered per month.

For more information, including instructions for getting reimbursed by your medical plan, see the At-home COVID-19 tests FAQ on the King County employee Coronavirus page.


Washington Cares Fund Update

The WA Cares Fund is a new mandatory long-term care insurance benefit for workers in Washington state, which will help pay for eligible long-term care related expenses. This new employee deduction was scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2022, but has been delayed until certain aspects of the law can be revised. Employee communications will be provided once more information becomes available. A revised FAQ has been developed for reference.


Educational benefits videos available

Learn more about your King County employee benefits and how they work by watching short videos on the Benefit Education page.

Benefits and retirement

Phone 206-684-1556
Fax: 206-296-7700

Phone hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays

Fax: 206-296-7678